The Centre has released Rs 40 crore as the first instalment of the Rs 298 crore project for the restoration of the Dal Lake, an official spokesman said.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched the 100 per cent Centrally funded project of Rs 298 crore for the restoration of Dal Lake on which Rs 40 crore have been received so far as first instalment, the spokesman said after a meeting of Legislature House Committee on environment chaired by Mubarak Gul on Friday.
The meeting discussed various measures for preservation of water bodies of the state that are prone to the threat of degradation and pollution.
The project, which will be implemented for a period of five years, includes de-weeding, drudging, de-silting, removal of encroachments, sewerage treatment and acquisition of land for the rehabilitation of Dal dwellers, the spokesman said.
A decision has been taken at national level regarding the preservation of all water bodies under the joint control of pollution control board and forest department, he said.
A joint survey has been conducted by urban engineering and environment department and lakes and waterways development authority for identification and rehabilitation of the Dal dwellers, he added.
He said that 1,300 families had been rehabilitated in eight housing colonies with all basic amenities and measures were under way to resettle the rest of the 15,000 such people.